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Use mindfulness to help get you through the tough times.

MINDFULNESS is the practice of attending to our experience, moment to moment, without judgement.

It is gently observing the world around us and our own thoughts, feelings and sensations as they arise in the here and now.

In essence, mindfulness is simply being awake to the present, or the opposite of being on autopilot.

In recent years, mindfulness has gained popularity as an approach that can help with many different areas of wellbeing.

Here are three reasons to give mindfulness a go, backed by recent research.

MINDFULNESS CAN HELP TO REDUCE STRESS THROUGH mindfully observing your mind and body's reaction to stress you can learn to take a step back and pause, rather than letting panic and anxiety take over.

A method called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (or MBSR) has been shown to help people reduce stress and anxiety in a range of clinical settings.

Recent studies have also shown that mindfulness is effective at reducing stress among a diverse range of people including teachers, students, pregnant women and people experiencing high levels of work stress to name a few.

MINDFULNESS CAN HELP IMPROVE PERFORMANCE THERE is a lot of research that mindfulness can improve performance at school, in work and in areas of personal growth.

Studies have shown that students who practise mindfulness achieve better grades than those who don't.

Other studies have shown that it can improve attention, focus and empathy of employees in the workplace and further research has shown mindfulness can aid people in achieving their weight loss goals.

MINDFULNESS CAN HELP YOU TO MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS MINDFULNESS can help us to understand how different emotions such as guilt, sadness and anger show up in our bodies, how they affect how we think and what we do.

By being mindful of our emotions we can learn to accept our emotions for what they are, without clinging to them or pushing them away, ultimately enabling us to gain more control over our emotional responses.

What's more, recent studies are starting to show how practising mindfulness actually changes the structure of the brain, suggesting that the benefits could be long term.

| For more information on the benefits of mindfulness and ideas on how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine visit Dr Ellie Milby is a counselling psychologist Take time to stop and be present in the moment

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:May 28, 2019
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